Owner of YTY and practicing physiotherapist, Sam has combined her extensive health care experience and yoga teacher training to provide a place for people living with injury or illness to try yoga therapy and yoga practice under the care of a trained health professional as part of their rehabilitation or treatment.
Sam is a Registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years experience and post-graduate training in sports and orthopaedics as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher (200RYT) with an additional 300 hours of training in advanced yoga therapeutics at Shibui Yoga under the guidance of Leanne Kitteridge. Sam is available for one-on-one physiotherapy appointments, which focus on manual therapy and therapeutic yoga, and teaches YTY's group therapeutic yoga sessions. For her regular classes, Sam teaches Hatha style that is strongly influenced by Anusara.
Always energetic and upbeat, Sam's other interests include surfing, paddleboarding, masters swimming and running. When not in the studio, you will likely find Sam next door assisting customers at the Gyro Beach Board Shop or out on the water.
Agi is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500). Her training includes 250-hour teacher training through MokSana Yoga Centre, 800-hour Yoga Therapy certification through Ajna Yoga Centre, and additional training in Yoga for Healthy Aging and Yoga for Osteoporosis. Agi has been practicing regularly since 2003 and teaching since 2014. She brings a compassionate and gentle approach to teaching, meeting students where they are at and nurturing gentle transformation through supported practice, breathwork and meditation. Inspired by the subtle changes yoga continues to bring to her own practice, Agi approaches teaching with a sense of openness and curiosity as she continues to learn both with and from her students. She has been teaching Yin Yoga at Yew Tree since 2015.
Sarah was introduced to expressive movement at a young age through the form of dance. She has been devoted to learning about different forms of body movement. When transitioning out of dance she was introduced to the practice of yoga, which became her preferred form of movement. Initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, she became interested in the cognitive benefits of yoga and incorporated mindfulness and meditation into her practice. This led her to her RYT-200 at Ajna Yoga. Through this training she experienced the healing qualities of yoga and learned more about the mind body connection. Her classes are a dynamic mix of mindfulness and movement inspired by the ease and flow of dance.
Yanna has practiced yoga for nearly twenty years. While her passion for dance first led her to explore the physical benefits of yoga, she has since learned that the benefits of yoga reach far beyond the mat. Yanna has worked as a group fitness professional in Canada, Germany and Switzerland and has been a presenter at many international fitness conferences. Her desire to make yoga accessible to all people and her passion for spiritual exploration (affirmations, meditation and the occasional chant) make her classes truly unique.
In Nyk's classes, you can expect inclusivity, accessibility, gratitude, and sprinkle of humor. Her classes are a community-focused, nurturing space to recharge and heal. Nyk believes Yoga has the power to transform lives and change the world. That if you can breathe you can do Yoga. She believes Yoga makes life better. Her mission to make Yoga accessible to people who don't think they are 'yoga people'. Nyk is an expert in teaching those who aren’t human pretzels. As a Yoga Therapist, her
specialty is helping those who have Back Pain. Her personal practice and her Yoga classes are rooted in Buddhism, Taoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Nyk has been practicing Yoga since 1998. In 2003 she decided to deepen her study and took her first Yoga teacher training and has been teaching Yoga since 2004.
In addition to numerous Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga intensives, she holds the following teacher training certificates, 300 hour Yoga teacher training - The Yoga College Of Canada, 500 hour advanced Yin Yoga Teaching certificate - Paul Grilley, and 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Certification - Ajna Yoga College
Delicia is a therapeutic & trauma informed instructor, her classes focus on supporting, and holding space in a gentle, respectful and accepting manner. She believes yoga has the capacity to heal, inspire, and hold space for whatever we need in any given moment. She see's yoga as a practice that acknowledges, nourishes and releases the strength each of us have within. If you allow it, yoga invites you to be present to your mind, body, and soul.
Born in Vancouver, as a teenager Anika was interested in yoga for its physical health benefits, now along the yoga journey she is inspired by the application of the yogic philosophy in life’s moments on and off the mat. Growing up in a Thai Bhuddist community, she has studied Vipassna Meditation, received her 200 YTT Certificate at Karma Teachers Vancouver and is on a personal exploration of the use of herbal remedies. Expect a metta (love and kindness) infused practise aimed to cultivate awareness and curiosity within the self; through asana(poses), pranayama(breath) and meditation.
Kevin was first drawn to Yoga as an aid for recovery from a brain injury sustained in 2011. While initially he used Yoga to find mobility in areas that were damaged in this accident, Kevin soon found the benefits rippled into other aspects of his life. The tools of meditation and conscious breathing became staples in his life and have helped him process a variety of life's hurdles.
During a trip through India and Nepal Kevin completed his 200hr YTT in Kalimpong, India, and has attended various workshops and meditation retreats elsewhere. Currently he is working on a degree in Astrophysics from UVic and teaches a Yoga for Meditation practice held weekly at the UVic Multifaith Center. His practices create a space for people to feel comfortable amongst community in a welcoming non-judgmental atmosphere. Kevin is an adventurous soul that loves to travel and experience different cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys running, biking, or skiing on mountains and sharing a good meal with friends.